Each of these pillars is driven by a group of passionate employees. GM encourages all its full-time employees to take 4 hours of paid time off each year to volunteer for community initiatives.
GM India Inaugurated a New Football Pitch in New Delhi
GM under the banner ‘Beautiful Possibilities Programme’ is committed to bring play to disadvantaged communities around the world. Reaffirming its commitment GM India refurbished a pitch for non-profit Slum Soccer in Kolkata last year. Continuing with the legacy, the company dedicated a new football pitch in New Delhi to benefit underprivileged children. GM India has partnered with Sudeva Sports, a local NGO, with a focus to encourage young children to take up a sport and connect them to a world of possibilities. The pitch would be used as a tool for children to provide access to football while keeping them away from negative influences by focusing their attention on education through sports.
The event saw young kids of Sudeva Sports playing an energetic football play session with the GM leadership enthusiastically and was the highlight of the day.
GM’s partnership with One World Futbol dates back to 2012 and since then several initiatives have been taken to benefit young kids who would otherwise end up becoming victims of child labor.
Kolkata - Pitch Refurbishment on May 11th 2015
GM under its strategic brand Chevrolet, completely rebuilt the football pitch of Rebecca Belilious Sports Ground at the Rebecca Belilious English Institution in Kolkata in May 2015. Chevrolet believes that where there’s play, there are immense possibilities. As part of the event, Manchester United Legend Mikael Silvestre was on-site for the pitch opening. An inaugural ceremony and a mini football tournament was organized to highlight Chevrolet’s partnership with Slum Soccer and its long-term commitment to the school and Tikiapara.
The outdoor pitch now serves as a safe place for the community and encourages local children to stay in school. Moving forward, the pitch will also be used as a venue for local events and sports matches.
In continuation to the above initiative, GM India donated 6000 Manchester United footballs in September 2016 to Sudeva, a sports NGO, which works with underprivileged children in different states.
Gurgaon – Sankalp School Football Match on August 30th 2016
Sankalp is a registered NGO based in Gurgaon and operates schools at the primary level and facilitates higher education through various programmes and scholarships.
An exhilarating game of football kept the Gurgaon executive team on their toes on August 30th, when they visited the Sankalp School, and played against the students there. GM also contributed funds to the NGO for their education and uniforms.
The leadership team recognized and distributed prizes to the toppers & all-rounder students of ‘Sankalp’ School for excellence in academics, art, crafts, sports, music and dance. Post its launch by GM in 2014, the school today boasts of a professional football coach. During this launch, 100 footballs were donated to the school.
GM India Manufacturing Plants observe Earth Day and clean the river bank
GM India’s Talegaon and Halol manufacturing plants observed Earth Day on April 22, 2016, by undertaking efforts to preserve mother earth. GM India’s Talegaon plant employees joined hands with a school nearby to clean the banks of the Indrayani River. The core focus of this exercise was to mitigate climate change and pollution, protect bio-diversity and thereby support communities and their livelihood. The Talegaon employees also planted a flower bed garden to mark the occasion. They also volunteered to encourage the use of cloth bags instead of plastic by adopting a campaign called ‘Use Me Again Campaign’.
Earth Day was celebrated at Halol. Employees planted tree saplings and organized a ‘Green Talk’ under the theme ‘Trees for the Earth’. The event was a multi-stakeholder approach with participation from visitors and officials from Gujarat Pollution Control. The focus was on leading sustainable development and environmental protection to commemorate the day. The event was followed by planting 20 trees near the reception area of the Halol plant.
GM India celebrates World Environment Day on June 6th 2015
General Motors organized various activities related to environment safety and conservation with a pledge to spread awareness about environment protection, sustenance and eco-conscious growth. GM collaborated with the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) to organize PUC drives in all its dealerships across India. There were also other unique initiatives like environment conservation tips to customers, sapling distribution, tree plantations, green processions, awareness rallies, etc. The company also worked towards lake maintenance awareness in Bangalore. GM India Talegaon rolled out a series of activities, for the green initiative including a cleanliness drive at Ghoravdeshwar Mountain, NH4 Highway, Pune and tree plantation at GM India Premises.
Gurgaon - Chevrolet Family Spectrum 2015
As part of its employee engagement activities, the Chevrolet Family Spectrum 2015 was conducted on December 19, 2015 in Gurgaon. Underprivileged children of Sankalp School were invited to give a performance and participate in engagement activities with the employees. The objective was to celebrate and have a good time not only with families of employees but also with less fortunate children. As part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, woolen blankets were distributed to the children of Sankalp School by Mr. Kaher Kazem.
Donation of 150 One World Footballs to Navlakh Umbre on April 1st 2015
Chevrolet India donated 150 Chevrolet-branded One World footballs to Government School, Navlakh Umbre in Talegaon on April 1st as a part of a larger Chevrolet ‘Day of Play’ global initiative. This campaign is intended to bring a positive change in the neighboring communities. With the corporate social responsibility mission of ‘Driving a Better Tomorrow’, Chevrolet India has been working with One World Play Project since 2013, donating over 20,000 footballs to the less fortunate children across the country and bringing positive change for school children in the communities where its facilities are located.
Cleanliness Drive on February 2nd 2015
As part of its CSR initiatives and environmental outreach activity, employees at GM India’s Talegaon manufacturing facility organized a Cleanliness Drive at a nearby school pledging for a cleaner country in accordance with the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’ (Clean India Campaign) and also to commemorate National Cleanliness Day.
The Talegaon employees undertook the initiative of cleaning the entire premises of the Primary School, Navlakh Umbre, as responsible corporate citizens. A session on the importance of National Cleanliness Day was also hosted for the children at the school to underline the importance of cleanliness and hygiene. As part of the activity, a total of 65 kilograms of trash was disposed and dustbins were installed at various locations in the school premises. Posters and banners were also given to the school showcasing the cleanliness theme.
CSR Initiatives at GMTC-I Bengaluru
In 2010 we partnered with Gunjur School, a school run by the government. GMTC-I’s vision is to turn this into a Model School. Since the inception of the project, we have engaged intensively with the school’s students and teachers ensuring that we take care of their needs and help them sustain themselves. Donating school kits to the students is a yearly affair.
Growing a culture of environmentally conscious employees at GMTC-India
Through the year the ‘Go Green’ Committee at GMTC-I works towards creating a culture of environmentally conscious employees. World Environment Day (WED) occupies a significant space in the events charter for the site. In 2016 we kicked off the Lake Rejuvenation Program. Over 350 employees participated in the activity as part of the WED Celebrations. We hosted a clean-up and plantation drive on the sidewalks of the Lake.
This cause created a lot of buzz simply because Bengaluru was once known for its lakes but this isn’t the case anymore. The sole purpose for this clean up and plantation activity by the lake was to create a ripple effect and to drive home the message that this is going to be a sustained effort, not a one-time activity. We’ve partnered with the Trust of Chinnappanahalli Lake at Whitefield, to ensure we continue to do good work. Through this activity, employees connected with like-minded individuals work towards becoming environmental stewards.
Road Safety Awareness Programme in August 2016
Serving the community is a part of GM’s DNA, while we continue with our endeavors, we leave no stone unturned in educating citizens about road safety and product safety. We have a Chevy Safety Drive Team and their primary focus is to spread awareness on road safety. Use of helmets, seat belts, use of child seats, how air bags protect you during a collision.
Being cautious on roads is as important as the safety features in a car. The awareness drive was conducted with the intent to orient the audience towards road safety and inculcate good practice around the same. The Bengaluru team conducted safety related sessions and workshops in schools and residential apartments.
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